Graham Hill Downsized His Life And Enjoyed It More. Why Can’t We All Do The Same?

Simple Studio ApartmentGraham Hill’s article “Living With Less. A Lot Less.” in the NY Times is an inspiring read. Mr. Hill, serial entrepreneur and founder of, got rich early and had filled 5500 sq. ft of living space in two cities with stuff and then decided to simplify his life and belongings into a 420 sq. ft studio. From the NY Times:

“I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did.”

If you get a chance, read the full article and see if it inspires you to downsize your life.

Our household of five doesn’t live all that large but I can not wait to downsize the inside of our house and our outside lives. What’s holding us back? Unlike Graham Hill and like many families, it’s our elem/teen/tweenage kids that might suffer from the drastic change of downsizing while they’re still in school. Now on the day my youngest heads to college, our house will be abuzz because everything will go. Not storage – instead we’ll donate, give away and sell what we can because we’ll never live larger. T-minus 8 years and counting! [NY Times]


Tiny Closet-Sized, Coffin Apartments In Japan Prove Once Again That Kramer Was Ahead Of His Time.

Geki-Sema (Super Small) Share House in Tokyo.This closet-sized apartment in space-limited Tokyo rents for $600/month. At its deepest, it has approx 8 ft of living space and just enough room for a bed and some belongings.

Geki-Sema (Super Small) Share House in Tokyo.

The apartments are just used for sleeping by young professionals working in the Shibuya district in Tokyo. On the plus side, residents of these coffin apartments won’t be expected to host any functions.

Geki-Sema (Super Small) Share House in Tokyo.

Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld might’ve been onto something: we now have the closet apartment – maybe the dresser apartment is next. [Inhabitat]

Seinfeld:  Kramer turns dresser into a bed for Japanese tourists.


San Francisco Board Of Supervisors OK 220 Sq. Ft. MICRO-Apartments. Rents To Remain MACRO.

Micro Apartment Floorplan.In an effort to create more affordable in-city housing, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance allowing the construction of micro-apartments. Under the new guidelines, developers are able to build 220 sq ft apartments – down from the required 290 sq ft. Rental rates for SF’s more affordable 220 sq ft micro-apartments are expected to be around $1300-1500/month. (I just kissed the floor of my non-Bay Area home.) [Grist and SF Chronicle]